February 2, 2017
School Fires Teacher For Tweet Correcting Spelling Of Student
Frederick, MD (AP) A Maryland school system has updated its social media guidelines after a school system employee was fired for a lighthearted quarrel she had with a student on Twitter over the student’s spelling.
The Frederick News-Post reports that all new Frederick County school system employees will receive a mandatory training session that addresses social media.
On Jan. 5, a student tweeted to the school district’s account, asking that schools be closed ``tammarow.’’
Katie Nash, who ran the account, responded, ``But then how would you learn how to spell `tomorrow?’’’ She was fired a week later.
The system’s guidelines now include a note that social media messages shouldn’t be ``mocking, disrespectful, rude, mean or dismissive.’’ That phrase wasn’t in an earlier copy of the guidelines that Nash said she was given.
New Way To Fight A Speeding Ticket? It Was A Deer!
Newburyport, MA (AP) A Massachusetts man fighting a speeding ticket in court had a unique explanation the officer’s radar gun may have picked up a deer.
The Newburyport Daily News reports that Dennis Sayers, of Haverhill (HAY’-vruhl), was clocked going 40 mph in 30 mph zone in West Newbury in November.
He got a $105 ticket.
He appealed in court on Thursday, asking Officer Royster Johnson if he was 100 percent sure his radar captured Sayers’ speed or the speed of a deer that could have been in the vicinity.
When confronted by the skeptical judge, Sayers replied that anything was possible.
The fine was upheld.
Deer, by the way, can run approximately 30 mph.
Fact Check: Man Not Hurt By Exploding ‘Scuba Bong’
Boston (AP) A story shared on social media that claims a Boston man lost his testicles in an explosion while trying to fill a scuba tank with marijuana smoke is false.
The story shared by the Boston Leader website describes an incident on Sept. 15 in which a 27-year-old man was demonstrating a “scuba bong” for his friends when it exploded.
Boston police spokeswoman Officer Rachel McGuire says no such incidents were reported to them on that day.
An image accompanying the story of the supposed victim being taken into an ambulance by emergency personnel is from a 2010 Boston Globe article about an unrelated incident.
The website IsThatLegit.com shared a story about the same incident taking place in Calgary, Alberta, last year involving a man with a different name and age. But Calgary police Constable Riley Babott tells The Associated Press they’ve had “no such complaints” made to them in the last five years.
Pastor Flees Naked When Caught With Man’s Wife
Tallahassee, FL (AP) A police report says a prominent Florida pastor was forced to run out of a house naked after a woman’s husband came home to find him having sex with his wife.
The Tallahassee Democrat reports police documents show a woman’s husband found her in bed with Pastor O. Jermaine Simmons in the middle of the afternoon on Jan. 17. The woman told police that her husband yelled that he was going to kill Simmons, who fled the apartment naked and hid behind a nearby fence. The husband took the pastor’s clothes, wallet and car keys and later agreed to return the items following negotiations with police.
Video posted online shows Simmons asking for forgiveness from his congregation at Tallahassee’s Jacob Chapel, saying “you cannot defend sin.”
Polite Moose Rescued After Fall Through Basement Window
Ketchum, ID (AP) Authorities say a female moose is safe after she fell through an unlatched window into the basement of an Idaho home.
The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the moose spent about three hours in the Hailey basement early Sunday morning.
Law enforcement officers and those from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game tried to shoo the moose upstairs beginning at about 2:30 a.m. A Fish and Game officer arrived from Twin Falls at about 5:30 a.m. and shot the moose with a tranquilizer dart.
Homeowner Julie Emerick says eight officers carried the approximately 600-pound animal up the stairs. Emerick says the moose got up and ran off about 15 minutes later.
She says the basement room suffered little damage and called the moose “the most polite, gracious beast.”